238. Jesus never promoted violence or intolerance. He openly condemned the use of force to gain power over others: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you” (Mt 20:25-26). Instead, the Gospel tells us to forgive “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) and offers the example of the unmerciful servant who was himself forgiven, yet unable to forgive others in turn (cf. Mt 18:23-35).
Intolerance is popular these days, even among Christians. They often misrepresent tolerance as akin to watching and cheering while the house burns. Tolerance is largely pre-crisis. It sets the tone in small things, and prevents petty annoyances from building into bigger things, like mountains.
Jesus preached for us to avoid lording it over others, and to be proactive in offering forgiveness and mercy to others.
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